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Old 01-31-12, 06:21 PM   #1
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1988? Schwinn High Sierra MTB - ID and worth?

Couldn't figure out if I should post this in Mountain Bikes or here...is 24 years old a classic?

Schwinn High Sierra, from what I could gather from Google the only year it was yellow is '88, so I'm guessing that's what it is? Suntour XCD 6000 RD, XCD crank, 4130 Chromoly frame. Has the rear brake mounted under the chainstay, looks like it was always that way. Common?

The few examples I've found seem to be in the $150 range, does that sound right?

Any other info would be welcomed.

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Old 01-31-12, 06:54 PM   #2
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I could not find your bike in the Schwinn catalog database as it is missing many of the MTBs, but 1988 seems about right. http://www.trfindley.com/pg_schwinn_cats.htm

Chainstay brake mounting was common for a few years in the 80s, as it gave a nice clean look and was believed to offer better braking due to less flex in the stays as the brake was being applied. Sheldon has a nice description of it in his article about U-brakes: http://sheldonbrown.com/canti-u.html

Given the beautiful paint I think that bike could bring $150 but the tires don't look great, a definite negative for potential buyers. Is the front brake missing a cable? Or is it just disconnected? Also, the stem is very high. Make sure it's not above the minimum insertion mark. Those little things should be fixed before actual photos are taken for any ad you post, unless you're ready to take a discount on the bike.
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I don't see $150 in its current state. With fresh tires and a totally functioning front brake, $150 is about right. +1 Verify stem is not past minimum insert line. Its pretty high.

Vintage MTBs, even really nice models like yours, are underappreciated and are great values for buyers, not so hot for sellers. Around here, $100 to $125 ready to ride is typical, I would put the High Sierra at the top of this range to $150, in pristine, ready to ride, fresh tires condition.

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Schwinn High Siearria real nice ready to ride $150 tops yours as is about $50.
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The High Sierra was near the top of the Schwinn MTB line-up in the late eighties (the Project KOM and Cimarron were higher in the line-up in 1989). I don't have the '88 specs, but here are the 1989 specs.

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Thanks for all the info. I guess I should have specified I was interested in "ready to ride" condition. The front brake is just disconnected in the picture, but it is fully functioning. I think the tires will need replaced, but I haven't looked real close at them yet.

I barely fit on it, but I have a friend that is slightly taller that is looking for a decent trail bike for not a lot of money (smooth riding, no air time or rough terrain). Just wondering what a fair price would be after it is all tuned up. I was thinking $100.
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I had one for awhile. My neighbor gave it to me. It was small so I put smooth tires on it and my wife rode it around. Great bike. I think it sold for $100 pretty easily and it was in great mechanical condition. It did have a comfort saddle so with a better saddle and some patience probably $125 here in SoCal.
There are dozens of MTB's on CL here everyday and most people don't know the difference between a $40 Wally bike and something nicer so I think it would have to be pretty special to get $150, IMHO.
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$100 is a fair price for your friend. The frame is actually on-par with some of the Bridgestone frames, IMO.
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I rode a Schwinn High Sierra across the United States this summer. Tough, sturdy, stable ride. I love my High Sierra. Does yours have braze-ons for a front lowrider rack like mine?
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The problem with this bicycle are the first generation AccuShift components. Unless they're in near pristine condition or you're willing to ride in friction mode, it's just not worth it due to the compatibility issues and relative rarity of replacement parts.
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